As promised in the last post here are some photos of the track work as it stands. While it isn't especially clear all the plain track has been painted in a combination of Track and Sleeper colours from the Precision range and, to me, looks pretty good. The point timbering hasn't been painted and all the points will be removed this evening (and labeled!!) so I can sort out things like TOUs and switching of the frogs (silly me only brought two colours of wire with me).
Progress since the last update includes ballasting the full length of the approach track from the fiddle yard and wiring the plain track for DCC operation (which was much simpler than doing it for DC cab control as all the wires were joined up - same amount of droppers however). The ballasting result was much better this time - although no photos. I will take some photos and post a description of how the two sessions were approached. Certainly I know how I will be doing the rest!
Fiddle yard end crossing with platform road above and coal merchant siding below. Cattle dock is off to the right from this view - the track leaves from the toe of the bottom point.
Coal merchants labeled. There will be two at Swallow's End - one with a concrete slab to work from (which will be in front of where the ballasting is up to) and one with coal staithes - this area is visible marked on the board.
Another view of the crossing above - this time in the plan view and from the other side of the baseboard.